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Go Inside Japan’s Newest High Speed Rail with Google Street View


Now, thanks to Google Street View, you can take a virtual tour of Japan’s newest bullet train line, called the Hokuriku Shinkansen. The name designates the region; Hokuriku and the name for Japan’s high-speed railway; Shinkansen. The line will be an extension of the Nagano Shinkansen Line.


The train features three separate seating options: The luxurious “Grand Class,” the “Green Car” and the “Standard Class.” It’s pretty easy to distinguish which train car you’re traveling in by the fanciness of its seating.

The Grand Class has only six rows of seats per car, with three reclining seats per row. An attendant cares for passengers throughout the entire trip and provided with amenities like food, drink, blankets, an eye mask and slippers.

The Green Car features a footrest and more leg room than the Standard Class, as well as an integrated radio set, a travel magazine and additional luggage space. Some Green Cars also feature hot towels and beverages, as well as smoking cars.

The Standard Class is nothing to brag about, but it’s still probably better than Amtrak.

The new line officially opens for business on Saturday, and connects Tokyo to Kanazawa, which used to take about six hours by car, or four by train. However the new line will be able to transport passengers between the two cities in just two-and-a-half hours.

According to Japan Times, tickets for the inaugural run sold out in just 25 seconds, exciting both local governments and the tourism industry.

Google also filmed a short behind-the-scenes video which shows how they captured these street views inside the train.

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Google Launches Cheap Storage Service for Data You Use Very Rare


Google launched a new storage platform for cold data, known as infrequently used and accessed information, on Wednesday. Cold data is often kept for legal or regulatory reasons, so the service is clearly designed with businesses in mind. The new platform, called Google Cloud Storage Nearline, costs just $0.01 per GB at rest each month.

“Organizations can no longer afford to throw data away, as it’s critical to conducting analysis and gaining market intelligence,” according to Google’s blog post announcing the storage platform. “But they also can’t afford to overpay for growing volumes of storage.”

Other services like this already exist. Amazon Glacier, for example, has comparable pricing. A huge advantage for Google’s Nearline, however, is that it promises it will take mere seconds to access your cold data. With Amazon Glacier, it can take “several hours” to retrieve information.

Nearline hopes to blur the line between online and offline storage, hence the “near” part of its name. Cold data is often stored offline to save money. Keeping data immediately available in an online format can be expensive and strenuous, so Nearline offers a potentially game-changing option for businesses with customers who want quick access to stored information without paying the premium price of online storage.

Retrieval and deletion costs can vary with Nearline. More information on pricing can be found, here, and the following chart outlines how it works.

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Basic Tips for Linux Beginners

Here are the basic tips on Linux (for the beginners):

Primary Requirements

♦    CPU

>For text mode->200 MHz

>For graphical mode->400 MHz

♦    RAM

>For text mode->64 MB

>For graphical mode->128 MB

♦    Hard Disk

>Personal edition-> 1.7 GB

>Server edition-> 800 MB

>Workstation edition-> 2.1 GB

>Custom edition-> 6 GB

linux tips for beginners

linux tips

Drive Information & Symbol

>hda means primary master (pm)

>hdb means primary slave (ps)

>hdc means secondary master (sm)

>hdd means secondary slave (ss)

[Drive C -> hda1  to  hda4; Drive D -> hda5  , Drive E -> hda6 …so on]

[ NTLDER-> Windows boot louder, GRUB & LILO-> Linux boot louder

Linux File System

1. /-> It is the parent of file system.

2. /bin-> Contains user command information in binary.

3. /sbin-> Contains administrator command information in binary.

4. /boot-> System booting information.*

5. /dev-> Special device files.

6. /etc-> Contains administrative configure files(like program files in windows).

7. /home-> Contains directory assigned to each user with a login accounts.*

8. /mnt-> Default  mount point.

9. /proc-> Provides a mechanism for the karnel to send information to processor.

10. /root-> Represent the root user home directory(root means admin).

11. /temp-> Contains tempory files.

12. /usr-> Contains user docouments such as games, graphical files.

13. /var-> Help files.

Secret Google Searching Tips

In Google, You can find the desired topics more quickly by applying special searching techniques. Here I am going to provide you some special and secret Google searching tips. These are following:

  1. By using ‘-’ sign
  2. By using “~” symbol
  3. By using number range
  4. By using file extension
  5. By using particular domain
Google searching tips

google searching technique

By Using ‘-’ Sign

In the Google Search box by using minus sign you can find some amazing results. For example if your looking to find cheap hotels in Paris, just enter “Hotels in Paris”-Cheap. It is magical, isn’t it?

By Using ‘~’ Symbol

Tilde symbol is also very useful searching option. You will find magical search results by using this symbol. For example, if you are looking to find best quality hotels in Paris just enter the “Hotels in Paris”~ Best Quality phrase in the search box.

By Using Number Range

Number range is also a magical search option. By using number ranges you can easily find your product within budget. For example if you are searching a digital camera with the budget range $200 to $300 just put “Digital Camera”$200…$300 in the search box.

By Using File Extension

This is great technique to find a particular file type like doc, xls or pdf files. For example you need a ledger of all your customers then search “Customer Ledger”filetype:xls and you will find customer ledger spreadsheet in excel format.

By Using Particular Domain

In every web site there is a search box to find the desired thing in that site. But you can also use Google search to do this. The format is like this: “phrase”site:site_name. For example if you are looking to find health related tips on this site just enter “health”site: in the Google search box.

I thing all this searching tips will help you a lot.